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This month, four collections from the CONTENTdm Collection of Collections are featured on the OCLC website. The featured collections for January are Dam Construction in the Pacific Northwest, Fore-edge Paintings, the School of Art and Art History Graduate Archive, and "Fruit-Full" Arkansas: Apples.
University of Idaho Library
Donated to the library by the University of Idaho College of Engineering, the Dam Construction in the Pacific Northwest collection contains over 450 photographs and promotional materials depicting the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, which has stood for over 70 years as both the largest power plant and the largest concrete structure in the United States.
Grand Valley State University
A fore-edge painting is a miniature watercolor executed on the fanned edge of a book. When the book is closed, the art disappears, hidden by the edge gilding. This genre of painting, which dates from the 1500s, flourished in the 1800s and is still practiced today. This collection includes landscapes, scenes, and characters from literature, as well as portraits of authors.
University of Iowa Libraries
For more than 75 years, the School of Art and Art History at The University of Iowa has collected artworks by artists attending the School's graduate studio programs. Each graduate student was asked to leave behind a work they completed during their graduate studies; the resulting School of Art and Art History Graduate Archive contains thousands of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and other art objects. The Archive is unique in the country and provides a critical overview of developments in American art over much of the last century.
University of Arkansas Libraries and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
"Fruit-full" Arkansas: Apples is a collaborative exhibit of the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The university selections include historical and current brochures, documents, and photographs of apples, and class reports from the mid-1900s on Arkansas apple folkways and folklore. The Crystal Bridges Museum images show color plates of apples from historical (1851-1922) nursery catalogs in its collection.